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Friday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber alone can’t solve defensive woes

In today’s links, why the Habs can’t rely on Shea Weber to save the defence corps, wondering if waiving Karl Alzner is the best way to solve a surplus of NHL roster defencemen, and is Joël Bouchard being groomed as a general manager, not a coach?

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The cracks in the Habs D are greater than Shea Weber’s return alone can fix. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Could waiving Karl Alzner be the best solution for the Habs as they face a logjam of bodies on defence? [Sportsnet]
  • Joël Bouchard may be the current head coach of the Laval Rocket, but is he really being groomed for the general manager position of the Canadiens? [The Athletic]
  • After a 6-2-2 start, the team has gone 5-5-2 since. Is this reality setting in for the Habs? [La Presse]
  • A day after a lacklustre shellacking at the hands of the New Jersey Devils, the message around Habs practice was “standing up to adversity.” [Montreal Canadiens]
  • On the 15th anniversary of the Heritage Classic, Jose Theodore reflects on the toque that made headlines around the world. [Sportsnet (Video)]
  • The Habs alumni who participated remember the outdoor game that sparked a trend. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Les Canadiennes prepare to finish their road trip against the Calgary Inferno in a battle of 7-1-0 teams. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The rebuilt Humboldt Broncos are one of the best stories in hockey. [TSN]
  • Tyler Dellow looks at the league’s best (and worst) power-play units through the first quarter of the season. [The Athletic]
  • The 10 best goaltenders of the first quarter of the 2018-19 NHL season. [RDS]
  • For foreign-born players (and even Canadians), U.S. Thanksgiving can be a little awkward. [Washington Post]
  • Down Goes Brown discusses the 10 types of mid-season coaching changes and how they tend to pan out. [The Athletic]
  • Anders Lee is trying to fill the John Tavares-sized hole left on the New York Islanders’ roster. [New York Times]
  • The Winnipeg Jets’ fourth line is no longer a liability. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Ken Dryden wants the Canadian parliamentary committee on concussions to call out NHL brass if they dodge questions.